article by Makenna Roy and Daisy Downs
edited by Ryan Castonguay
Black Friday, the day every American can’t wait for. Black Friday is a day for shopping; this is for a combination of reasons. Black Friday marks the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Black Friday is also a day full of special deals and huge discounts. Some shoppers camp out overnight in order to get a place in line at a favorite store; people also have been known to skip Thanksgiving dinner altogether and camp out in parking lots for days or even weeks.
How’d they come up with the name “Black Friday” you might say? Well, Historians believe the name started in Philadelphia in the mid-1960s. Bus drivers and police used “Black Friday" to describe the heavy traffic that would clog city streets the day after Thanksgiving as shoppers headed to the stores.
For online retailers, a similar tradition has begun on the Monday following Thanksgiving. This is known as Cyber Monday. This is also known as the unofficial start of the online holiday shopping season. E-tailers often herald their promotions and sales before the actual day in order to compete against the Black Friday offerings.
These once a year traditions for Americans have clearly sparked a lot of attention since the start of when it first got its name. Allowing people to get Christmas shopping done for cheap it takes time, effort, money, and maybe a few naps. Most of the stores open at 12 am exact, on Black Friday, (or earlier, opening on Thanksgiving evening) and we Americans all take the special time to get things checked off their Christmas lists along with Cyber Monday.